Sunday, May 29, 2011

tiny heart card

I love this week's challenge at Less is More. where you have to make a card using either one of the corner squares or centre squares of a card and leave the rest as white space.

I decided to pick the square I thought would be most difficult. Top Right. I decided that I needed something to either float or hang there to make it work.

I made a 2 inch mini card with bow heart from Stampotique

I think this would work well as a gift tag.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Passion for Fashion

This card has been made for the challenge blog ~{Daring Cardmakers}~ with the theme of Passion for Fashion.

What could be better than Bee bringing Bird Legs a matching handbag for her shoes and hat? The stamps have been coloured with Copics and the background coloured with Distress Inks.
~{9005 Happy Birthday}~

~{9077 Bird Legs}~

~{9044 Handbag Bee}~

~{3046 Floral Flutter}~

Kaz xxx

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

my first ever art journalling

I have been thoroughly inspired by the very talented Kate Crane to try my hand at art journalling. This is something that so "isn't me" but I wondered if I could make it so.

So I've journalled within a card that is very much me. I'm so into using the torn sticky edge of post-it notes at the moment, to create a random edge frame on a one-layer card.

I stamped medium bee from Jo's range at Stampotique, then masked the bee and the background.
I then inked with malted milk ink . . I applied this with blending foam and also stamped Hexagons (although these don't really show)
I then left the masks in place and drew random lines. I'm not yet ready to jounal my own thoughts so I used those of another

When the first summer bee
Thomas Moore

When the first summer bee
O'er the young rose shall hover,
Then, like that gay rover,
I'll come to thee.
He to flowers, I to lips, full of sweets to the brim--
What a meeting, what a meeting for me and for him!

Then, to every bright tree
In the garden he'll wander;
While I, oh, much fonder,
Will stay with thee.
In search of new sweetness thro' thousands he'll run,
While I find the sweetness of thousands in one.

I wrote the words in my normal handwriting, allowing them to go over the edge, so you only get a snippet.

Finally I removed the masks, stamped Daisy Daisy, coloured the flowers and bee body with markers and added stickles to the wings. as a bee is an insect I am entering this for Crazy amigos' insect theme.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Love Key Chain

Have you joined us over at our newest challenge, you still have until tomorrow?  Valerie has challenged us to make use of items that might otherwise be destined for the landfill by re-using them or repurposing them into a unique piece of art.

Our May guest designer, Nine created this cook key chain out of a piece of cloth.  Love how this looks on the cloth and how she shaped it to a tag.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

simple butterfly

oooo one of my favorite themes at Less is More this week....Butterflies
butterflies are so easy to use, but I have tried to do something a little bit different. I wanted my butterfly's wings to extend beyond the edge of the card, but I didn't want to just stick it on (first of all have you ever tried cutting out antennae?

so, I started with a square card, stamped the butterfly and then drew a line down each side of the card 1 inch from the edge, up to the the wings, I then cut along the line and around the wings.

to do the embossed dots, I stamped another butterfly and cut it out and then drew around it on the reverse side of the front. so I knew where the edges were, and then used a fiskars embossing board to emboss the dots by hand.

I coloured the butterfly with pencil and blended. I did a grey shadow with pencil and blender to lift the butterfly from the card. I also added a light glittering to the wings with stickles.

up to this point the card is still one layer, but then I felt the need to add some words, so it's not one layer anymore!

Both of the stamps are by Stampotique.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

2011 CD Calendar - June

I am trying to will the butterflies into my yard this year, so I have created a new page for my CD calendar using Stampotique's new Large Butterfly by Jo Capper-Sandon on this gorgeous paper from Webster's Pages!  I'm really enjoying creating a new page for my calendar each month - it's nice to have a scrappy calendar propped up in a cd case on my desk all the time! :)
Large Butterfly by Stampotique
Please drop by my blog for more details.
Have a magical day!
Val :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Denim Party Dress

Hi, Lisa here today sharing the card I created for the current Stampotique Recycle Challenge. I stamped the Pretty Party Dress in Black Archival on the Jean Shirt, cut it out, cutting off the hanger.  I stamped the Damask in Stormy Sky Distress Ink to add a pattern to the jean material.  I added the dress to a Tim Holtz Hanger and added it to the card with dimensionals.  To create the Flower, I dyed a piece of the material with Ranger Distress Stain (Fired Brick) and cut with the Tattered Floral Die, added a pattern with the Mesh background stamp.  To finish off the card, I added some Faux Stitching to the Cosmo Cricket papers and added the fun sentiment, also from Stampotique.

Stamps - Stampotique
Ink - Ranger Black Archival, Ranger Stormy Sky Distress Ink, Black Marker, Ranger Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Card Stock - Black, Red
Other - Big Shot, Tattered Floral Die, Rhinestone, Ink Blending Tool, Craft Sheet, Craft Mat, Piercing Tool, EK Success Scallop Punch, Denim, Piercing Tool, Ranger Distress Stain Fired Brick, Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934

Designer - Lisa Somerville

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Today is a special day for me as I celebrate my 21st Wedding Anniversary! What better way to celebrate than to use one of my favourite Stampotique Originals stamps to craft a handmade card for my other half!

Stamp used: Lovebirds
Wishing everyone a happy day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Under water

I made these trinchies a little while ago for a swap with "dots" as a theme. The background is made with different colors of sprayinks. I coloured the images with watercolor paint. Don't you just love these mermaidstamps? Please click on the image to enlarge and see more detail.

Here you can find all the Stampotique stamps I used: Smumanha, Smushasha, Smushallaum, Word collage and Daisy daisy.

Have fun stamping!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Leftover paint

It's amazing how far leftover paint on a sponge will go!

 I was working on something else today, there was paint leftover in a sponge so I used it to colour this page, then to stencil through a circle stencil and some sequin waste.

I stamped HEART SHIRT 6046   onto an old book page, cut him out and glued him in place. Add the words and some black painty lines and circles and there ya go!!
Sue Roddis.......JABBERWOCKY

Sunday, May 8, 2011

one layer bee card

tell me, is it really narcissistic to CASE your own cards?
In this month's Craft Stamper Magazine I have part 2 of a 6 part series of one layer cards. I decided to make something similar to the card in the magazine for this week's One Layer Wednesday Challenge.

The theme this week is Circles.

can you see the circles on my card?

well I think the splodges are circles. I hope I can get away with that.

All of the stamps are from Jo Capper-Sandon's range at Stampotique
medium bee with small bee mounted on the side #3000
splatter blob #3013
splatter long #3014
happy unbirthday #3036
abstract foliage #3031

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Arty greetings card

I had great fun using Kim's sketch to make a birthday card for a crafty friend. It's her birthday today!

click to enlarge

Stamps used: Arty & Splatter Long

I coloured Arty with Copic pens. The patterned background paper is by Basic Grey. I also recycled an off-cut from a paint colour chart!

I just knew I loved Kim's sketch! It's also the theme for the current challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

Thank You for calling & leaving a comment if you get a chance. Happy crafting. Gez

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Candle Tutorial presented by Nine

Did you love the candle that Nine created for her guest designer debut? 
Such a wonderful gift idea and she has put together a fabulous tutorial for the Stampotique fans on how you can make your own candle unique.


Matérials :
  •  white candle 
  • stamp 
  •  Memento dye ink : black tuxedo 
  • Markers (Copic, Promarker, ....) 
  • wax paper 
  • white tissue paper  
  •  heat gun

Step by step :

 Stamp the image with your Memento ink on the tissue paper

Colour your image with markers

Cut out your colored image

  Place your image on the candle

  Surround your candle with wax paper as shown

 Heat the image with your heat gun. When you don't see the tissue paper through the wax paper, it's Ok

 Take care, don't heat too much ! Your candle melt down.

Et voilĂ  !!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Owl Post

The theme at Stamp something is Something with wings
so I thought Jo Capper-Sandon's Owl from Stampotique would be perfect as it actually comes with a set of wings to do with as you please. I have put him in flight here, in honour of the Harry Potter books and movies (I can't wait until the final movie).

I have also used Jo's text star stamp. both stamps are available from stampotique.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Calendar art

Minkygirl by Daniel Torrente

Every month I create a double page spread in my large art journal as a calendar page, allowing a small square for daily journaling. I often use Stampotique figures to decorate the page and this month it was Minkygirl's turn!

I stamped her with StazOn, coloured her with distress inks and then cut her out before adding to the page. I couldn't resist giving her a hat! Here she is peeping out from the corner of the page:

If you want to know more, have a look at my blog here. Thanks for looking! Kate

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pretty Puffs!

Happy Monday!

For my card, I used this adorable images Puffs by Maryse Carrier. My Papers are from The Cosmo Cricket Delovely Line and I cut my shapes with my new Cricut Elegant Edges Cartridge! How fun!

I added a smidgen of Pink Glitter to the wee flowers in the vase and a tiny button to the middle of the star shape on the die cut.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Welcome our May Guest Designer: Nine

Welcome our May Guest Designer, known in the stamp world as Nine.  Here is a little information about her:

My name is Nine and I live in France with my husband, my two daughters and I'm waiting for my third baby in July. I'm 30 years old and I'm a cop.

I am very happy to be the guest of this blog for May because I am a fan of the team!

I discovered the scrapbooking in 2006 and since then I have been totally addicted!  I love stamps but unfortunately Stampotique is not easy to find in France.

Nine created an Easter ensemble using Grow Girl 9069 for her focal image.  I love how these look together, what a great gift basket to give to someone.

For my first project of the month, I made 3 little things for Easter : a card, a candy bag and a candle using the same stamp.

For candy bag, I use the mask technique to create a field of sunflower.

For the candle, I stamped the sunflower on white tissue paper with memento black ink and I coloured with markers.
I cut the stamped image and I applied on a white candle then I put on it wax paper before use heat gun to fix the image on the candle.

Hop on over to Nine's blog and leave her some love or leave some here.  Didn't she do a fabulous first project??